Miriam Remmers • staff writer


Kidnapping victims rescued in Cleveland

Three women held captive in their kidnappers’ home on the West Side of Cleveland for nearly a decade were rescued after one of the victims, Amanda Berry, managed to attract the attention of neighbor Charles Ramsey, who promptly called 911. Berry, who was 17 when she was kidnapped in 2003 along with 14-year-old Gina DeJesus and 20 year-old Michelle Knight, suffered countless rapes during a harrowing nine years spent as a prisoner of three brothers. Ariel, Pedro and Onil Castro routinely forced themselves upon the women, tying them up and beating them if they were not compliant. Neighbors stated that they had seen strange occurrences, such as a woman frantically banging on an upper window, and sometimes late-night deliveries of groceries to the boarded up house. Although the police were notified of some of these events and had even been on the property in past years on their quest for the three women, they had never been able to discover the location of the women. The women have since been reunited with their families, who have searched for them for years, unsure if they were alive or dead.

Government blames cyber-attacks on China

In the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress Monday, the Obama Administration accused the Chinese military of attempting to hack into the U.S. government’s computer systems, marking the first time that the administration has directly named both the Chinese Government and the People’s Liberation Army as possible culprits of cyber-attacks. Officials consider the attacks as possible attempts to gain information on U.S. strategy and military capabilities. The report is primarily concerned with the theft of industrial technology, which appeared to be the main reason behind the hacking. China has expressed disappointment that the U.S. would level such accusations against them, saying that such speculations without proof can only serve to harm relations between the nations. The U.S. is also spending billions on cyber-defense and cyber-weapons every year, leading others to complain that America is holding China to a double standard. This is particularly relevant when the issue of the United States’ cyber-attacks on Iranian nuclear is brought up. These attacks, which took place early on in President Obama’s administration, although they were run by intelligence agencies, utilized much of the same technology as a military program.

Miriam Remmers
staff writer

The ladies of Rose-Hulman’s Delta Delta Delta chapter hosted their annual Teeter-Totter-A-Thon last Friday, May 3 to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which provides crucial care to children suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases through both treatment and research into cures. Most importantly, the families whose children are treated at St. Jude are not required to pay for the medical care they receive, enabling them to give their children the highest quality care possible. Tri Delta has worked with St. Jude since 1999, when the sorority officially adopted the Memphis, Tennessee hospital as their philanthropy partner.
As a part of their philanthropy efforts, the Gamma Pi chapter of Tri Delta once again set up teeter totters in the Kroger parking lot on Highway 41 and began to raise money. Prior to the event, fraternities at Rose-Hulman and many others sources from within the community gave donations to the cause, giving the girls a running start to reaching their financial goal. Teeter-Totter-A-Thon was kicked off at 6 pm Friday night, as Tri Delta clapped and sang, garnering enthusiasm for the day-long event. During the 24 hours that the event lasts, girls took shifts on the teeter totters to ensure that they are never still, while others asked members of the community for donations on their way in or out of the grocery store. Many residents were willing to open their wallets for the children of St. Jude, and donation buckets continued to fill. Children and adults alike enjoyed the candy that the girls handed out to those who passed by, and one small boy was heard happily celebrating that the lollipops were “the big kind.”
The day was not without its challenges, for although Friday evening started out clear and sunny, a downpour soon began as night fell and continued throughout the remaining stretch, forcing participants to stay under the tent to stay dry. Some girls even came prepared with rain ponchos to wear, having anticipated the storm. Regardless of the rain, energy remained high, and the effort for St. Jude continued, pushing onward through the dark and rainy hours of the very early morning until fresh volunteers showed up, ready for their own four-hour shifts. Teeter-Totter-A-Thon came to a close at 6 pm on Saturday afternoon, as the final volunteers finished up their turns on the teeter totters and at the doors collecting donations. The event was a resounding success, and between the generous contributions from within the school, the community and the money collected at the Kroger door, Tri Delta was able to raise a grand total of over $2000 for St. Jude.

Claire Stark
staff writer

President James Conwell, who has just over a week under his belt, is already starting to feel that Rose is home. Coming to campus at 5:30 a.m. and taking walks around campus everyday, he is trying to gauge where the school is at and how it can be improved. One of the Rose Thorn staff members sat down to have a chat with Dr. Conwell along with Mary Barr, Vice President of Communications & Marketing.
Rose Thorn: So what do you think of Rose so far?
James Conwell: It’s an incredible place. I have been here three times before during the interview process and it’s just an amazing, cool place. I wish I knew about it sooner, it’s a true hidden gem.
RT: Why do you think the school is so hidden?
JC: Well, I am one of six kids and on vacation my father would turn every trip into a college visit. It drove my mother nuts, but when I called him and said I got the job, he said “Never heard of it!” This is something I really want to change.
RT: Do you plan on changing lots of things?
JC: Ninety percent I want to keep, such as most of the curriculum. The school turns out excellent engineers. Really, I need to continue with the strategic plan from the “Great Debate,” help students adjust to a much more global world and make the school for affordable with more scholarships.
RT: What do you think about expanding resources for students to do Venture work?
JC: Students need to gain the skills in college know finances and how a company works. Two of the members of the board purely do venture investment currently. If a student has an idea they wish to pursue, Rose should teach them the skill to go forward with that wish after graduation
RT: This year there is a lot of concern with the size of the student body, thoughts?
JC: Let’s look at both sides of the argument. America needs to stay competitive with the world; with that rose should in role 50,000 students tomorrow. The other side is how can the culture of this place, one of its strongest points, continue to exist with that kind of growth? A yearlong study has been conducted and the results will be presented at the next board meeting in a couple of weeks. This will decide the decision on size.

RT: How do you plan on making students feel that they have a say?

JC: I am trying to stay connected with the student body. I have met with various student groups such as SGA, IFC, and ROTC. I enjoy having lunch with students. Great ideas come from everywhere and students are a great asset. Plus they use everything just about every day.
RT: How do you plan on being approachable?
JC: Am I being approachable right now? Today I have five meetings keeping me inside, but I spend a lot of time just walking and talking to people. Just come up and talk to me. I love to hear what you have to say.
RT: Is there any one thing that you want to say to the entire student body, or to phrase it another way, any last words?
JC: Well, how about two things. You will see me around campus, just come up and talk to me, even if its hello. Secondly please tell me if you have an idea and we can talk about it!

All eyes were on six-year-old Ryland Hayes at the second-annual Rock Out for Ryland student concert in the Kahn Room last Saturday, where 15 student-led bands competed against each other to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The event was created last year in honor of Associate Dean of Student Affairs Erik Hayes’s son, who was diagnosed with diabetes in February of 2011.
The concert, themed after the Star Wars holiday “May the Fourth be With You” by Ryland himself, also featured prizes collected from Terre Haute business for band and raffle winners. Ryland even appeared on stage to talk about his condition.
“We have some of the most talented students here at Rose-Hulman,” Erik Hayes, who also MC’ed, said. “But the talent that all of these people have, it’s just amazing to me. It’s so fun to watch these students and showcase something outside of the classroom.”
The idea for Rock Out for Ryland came about last year from Nadini Hettigei, Resident Assistant at Apartments East 3, and Julie Byrd, who also has diabetes. Hettigei often baby-sits for the Hayes, who are like “a second family” to her. After the idea for a charity event for Ryland, they started working months beforehand with a committee organized for the concert and decided to do it again this year.
“Seeing Ryland so excited about this one day that he really gets to be a star for having diabetes is worth all the effort we put in,” Hettigei said.
Erik Hayes said how grateful he was, not only for the students who took the time to plan this event for Ryland, but also for the people at Rose-Hulman that are “genuinely concerned for the welfare of our kids.
“It means a ton,” Hayes said. “It’s really tough to describe that in words, how much it means to our family.”
Hayes said that donations from Rock Out have reached about $1800, but T-shirts are still available for sale in the Student Affairs Office until supplies last. Arda Tugay, a Resident Assistant at Blumberg Hall, promised to shave his head if donations surpassed a total of $2000.
In addition to Hettigei and Byrd, Hayes also pointed out that Dan D’Avello, Kevin Dorn, Arda Tugay, Nick Aellen, Sarah Hensley, Paige Cook, Dan Dugmore, Bradlee Beauchamp, Eric Guilford, Kevin Dwyer, and Emily Eckstein were all party of the organizational committee that made this concert possible.

And the winner is…

After placing second at last year’s concert, the band Illuminati, consisting of Jacob Winsett, Bradlee Beauchamp, Kevin Dorn, Jack Petry, and new member Padrick Mulligan retuned to win as the “Overall Winner” and earned the chance to play at this year’s Lodge-a-Palooza. Winsett, Dorn, and Mulligan also played for Equinox, which won “Top Rock Band.” Although Illuminati was formed primarily for Rock Out For Ryland, Equinox has played at several venues, including at the 4th Quarter Bar. According to Mulligan, being able to perform in two bands at the event allowed them “to have separate styles in two distinct sets” with songs like “Man in the Box,” where Winsett dressed up with a cloak and skull face paint, and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
“When we won I was pretty happy because we’ll probably be losing our singer after this year, since he is transferring,” Beauchamp said. “It was nice sharing that moment with the band.”

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